December 18, 2018

A. S. Hamrah in conversation with Kate MacKay

A rare n+1 West Coast event! A. S. Hamrah will discuss his book The Earth Dies Streaming—just out from n+1—with Kate MacKay, associate film curator at the University of California Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive. The event is free and open to the public. Hamrah will sign copies of the book following the discussion.

7:30 PM
Tuesday, December 18
Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704

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Praise for The Earth Dies Streaming

“Hamrah’s writing on movies—he’s the film critic for n+1—is form-bending, disobedient, saturated with history, and at times deliciously nasty. Neither hatchet man nor pushover, Hamrah makes exacting technical judgments while maintaining both levity and a sense of moral stakes. His book is a totem to the crucial role of scrutiny in the era of the fanboy and the recapper.”
—Vulture Best Books of 2018

“For the past decade, A.S. Hamrah has been the sharp-tongued, rain-lashed drifter of American movie criticism . . . Invigorating . . . Essential reading.”
The Nation

“A. S. Hamrah’s criticism is hilarious, irreverent, full of passionate and ingeniously defended judgments. He can be relied upon to push things to a point of delightful perversity, which is part of what makes his work so fun (truly fun) to read. But he is also up to something subversive and political: his work brilliantly torpedoes the tedious conventions, commodifications, and clichés of the corporate entertainment complex.”
Dana Spiotta

“A. S. Hamrah rides into film-crit town like The Man With No Name, delivering rough justice. He tells the truth, mordantly and precisely, and is witty, engaging, and painfully accurate whether he is trashing some Hollywood parade float or salvaging a zero-budget foreign independent nobody else bothered to see. His book manages to be at once chillingly ominous and just optimistic enough for our grim time.”
—Luc Sante

“A. S. Hamrah’s writing on film is a delight. I don’t know anyone else who does roundups like that, where he goes through like ten movies and it always feels cumulative and hilarious and somehow life-affirming, like everyone is unwittingly—some less wittingly than others—working through the same problems facing film-producing civilizations at the moment. Like all the best criticism, The Earth Dies Streaming makes art and life feel less lonely.”
—Elif Batuman

“Finally, a collection from A. S. Hamrah, a film critic who qualifies as an auteur—formally creative, convention-busting, and always insightful. Reading Hamrah on movies is almost always better than seeing the actual movies themselves.”
—Astra Taylor